Culver City Unified Creates New Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Culver City Unified School District’s Board of Education voted June 4 to create its first ever cabinet-level position dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion. According to CCUSD, the incoming Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be “the only such position among public schools in the State of California and, perhaps, the nation.”

“Some districts have a director-level position, a task force or a DEI consultant, but the Board’s decision to create a cabinet-level position focusing specifically on diversity, equity and inclusion is a tangible commitment to CCUSD’s core values and to making sure that every school, every program, and every classroom is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion,” Superintendent Leslie Lockhart said. “It’s a statement that DEI is important to us and that we place a high value on making sure we fulfill our promise to our school community when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion.” 

The date for the position’s creation is July 1. Responsibilities include leading and coordinating CCUSD’s Equity Advisory Council; overseeing an 18-member Equity Team; counseling students and their families on issues of identity; supporting the PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion councils; developing DEI programming; developing and/or implementing CCUSD’s Equity Action strategic plan for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; implementing the Equity Action Plan’s strategic goals; helping the district increase "cultural competence" and understanding of anti-racist practices; attending workshops; evaluating and developing DEI curricular offerings; being a resource to teachers on DEI matters; and helping Human Resources develop and retain a diverse workforce.